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Hollywood Guild and Canteen

Hollywood Guild and Canteen History and Photos

Hollywood Guild and Canteen Photos

The Hollywood website has many photos of the Hollywood Guild and Canteen.

During World War II, and on weekends, servicemen outnumbered civilians tend to one on the streets of Hollywood. At first, they had to sleep in parks and in theaters, which offered their aisles and lobbies. Then Hollywood unlocked its doors, high school set up dormitories and private homes welcome men on furlough. California's theaters collected $190,000 from audiences in a bed for buddies campaign.


Planning the Guild and Canteen

The closest thing to home for soldiers who came to Hollywood was Mrs. And “Mom” Lehr’s Hollywood Guild and Canteen at 1284 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. To thousands of man...

Hollywood Guild and Canteen Photos

Anne "Mom" Lehr's Canteen

The closest thing to home for soldiers who came to Hollywood during the second world war was Mrs. Anne “Mom” Lehr’s Hollywood Guild and Canteen at 1284 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. To thousands of men in all the services of every United Nation who had been there, Mom's place was the nearest thing to heaven. On an average, 800 stayed there each weeknight while 1200 resided each night on weekends. Sometimes, as during Christmas holidays, the guests numbered 1300.


Prior to World War II Mom Lehr was head of a small charity organized which she had formed several years before to care for Hollywood's broken down stuntmen unemployed and underfed extras and the like.

New Guild and Canteen

When the war broke out, these wards drifted...

Hollywood Guild and Canteen

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Hollywood Guild and Canteen

On week-ends, during WWII, the soldiers outnumbered civilians ten to one on the streets of Hollywood. At first they had to sleep in parks or in the aisles and lobbies of theaters.  But once aware of the uncomfortable overcrowding, Hollywood unfurled its hospitality.  Dormitories and auditoriums in schools and churches were made available to them, and private home owners offered bedrooms.  California’s theater owners collected $190.000 from audiences in the “Bed For Buddies” campaign to match what the state of California contributed. 

For soldiers on Hollywood furlough, “Mom” Lehr’s Hollywood...